10 Means to help better Secure our Schools – #9 Always Have an Emergency Plan & Review Quarterly

A number of templates are available for Emergency Plans by searching the web and contacting organizations like DHS  which dedicates resources and an entire area on their web site to School Safety. There are some basic rules of thumb when formulating emergency plans: 1) consult with your school district or board – there is likely a process and a template for a plan for your are; 2) put together a committee that would represent the leadership of the school, the security team at the school, the community, and  first responders; 3) once you have formulated a plan, make sure you review it quarterly and every time there is an incident, to ensure that the plan meets your school’s needs and strengthen it where you can; 4) make sure your emergency plan has very clear evacuation paths in the case of emergencies and ensure that these are posted in all areas (classrooms, hallways, stairwells, etc.), 5) ensure your emergency plan has room to contact the parents and community nearby to make sure everyone is on the same page; 6) publicize your plan as a living document and disseminate it to those you believe should be aware of it and accept feedback as there may be things you missed. …. Dr. Sue Abu-Hakima, CEO Amika Mobile www.amikamobile.com

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